3 Common Mistakes That Even Smart People Make That Destroy Their Happiness

Jan 13th is Make your Dreams Come True Day and International Skeptics Day. What do these two holidays have in common? They both encourage us to learn how to think better so that we can make better decisions and have better outcomes.
Critical thinking is important
Critical thinking is important
BRADENTON, Fla. - Jan. 10, 2015 - PRLog -- Do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again?  You aren’t alone. The human brain is an incredibly messy place and it turns out we have some built in cognitive biases that make good decision making incredibly hard to do.

The good news is that learning how to think better is largely a matter of habit and habits can be learned. Here are 3 common mental mistakes even smart people make that prevent them from making good decisions.

1) They fail to think of the consequences. In a rush to get a problem solved, they take any solution offered without thinking about how this might impact themselves and others.  Making it a habit to think of the potential consequences of your actions BEFORE you act can have a dramatic impact on the quality of your life.

2) They fail to consider their alternatives. We humans like dichotomies. Either or solutions. Either we do A or we do B. This tendency towards duality limits our thinking and it limits our solutions. When faced with a problem, consider your alternatives. ALL your alternatives.

3) They fail to think compassionately. Most of our problems involve other people. And when other people cause us problems, we get angry with them and this anger, while possibly justified, prevents us from solving our problems.  There is a reason pretty much every religion and philosophy, in the entire course of human history, including Humanism, teaches and preaches compassion. Compassion helps us more effectively solve our interpersonal problems more effectively Failure

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